Sunday, April 26, 2015

Smoked Salmon & Hummus on Toast or Crackers

Today, I'm starting a new "meals" section of my blog. I know one of the most common questions for those newly diagnosed is "what will I eat?" I've been doing this long enough that eating gluten-free seems second nature to me at this point. Don't get me wrong, we still play the "what's for dinner" game which is by far my least favorite game in the whole wide world. We don't play this game because we only eat gluten free in this house, we play this game because we plan poorly. We aren't lucky enough to have the option of swinging through McDonalds or ordering pizza on the way home, but that is basically the only thing that makes us different from other non-gluten-free families.

We have a lot of "stand-by" meals at this point. They're usually quick and we always know they'll work.

Today for lunch, we had Smoked Salmon & Hummus on Crackers. The first time we made this, it was on a whim. I was shopping at Costco with my husband, and he was supposed to plan a great "date night" dinner. It was Friday, and he'd had a really long week. Meal planning was the last thing on his mind, and he hadn't done it. We were shopping for our "regular" items, and he was hoping to come across something we'd love.

Somehow, we wound up with smoked salmon and hummus in the cart, and it dawned on me that it would taste great on the Udi's bread we also had in the cart if we toasted it. With that, a new stand-by meal was born.

I had a craving for salmon today, so I decided it would be our lunch. This would also be a great opportunity to take a couple pictures and share the idea with my readers. I used Schar Table Crackers, Hannah Hommus, and Honey Smoked Salmon (that I've never seen anywhere but Costco, but I'm unsure of the brand). The three items are pictured below in case you're looking for them yourself. The hommus comes in a bulk box with something like 24 of the little containers pictured below.

Once it's all put together, it looks like this:

Some of the crackers were broken, and I didn't do the greatest job of "staging" it for a great looking picture, but this is what my lunch looked like:

On toast, it seems a bit more like a meal, whereas on crackers, it would make a great simple appetizer at a party. 

I'm going to do my best to post more of our "stand-by" meals. This one is definitely not a "typical" meal, so I thought it would make a great first post to encourage others to "think outside of the box." 

What are your stand-by meals? I'd love to hear ideas from others so we can add to our arsenal. I hope my ideas help you add to yours. 

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